Google brings voice navigation to India

Google brings voice navigation to India

By | September 6th, 2012
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Google launched its much-awaited navigation service in India. The feature,

will be available for free on Android phones and tablets. The feature would

allow travelers, whether they are driving or walking, to get directions to

a place through turn-by-turn voice instructions.


														               
							 	 						

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Google recently launched its much-awaited navigation service in India. The feature, available on Android phones and tablets for free, would allow travelers, whether they are driving or walking, to get directions to a place through turn-by-turn voice instructions.

While navigation was available all along on Android phones in India, the service was not supported officially by Google. It used to show just the route and lacked support for voice instructions. Currently, the navigation feature is in beta and Google informs its users to exercise caution while using it.

Javed Anwer, in this article, discusses the findings of the testing which he did on this app. The app was tested as soon as it went live and found it to be very accurate. In case of any deviation by a user in the middle of the way, the app automatically reroutes the coordinates. There are various options. Users can select whether they want walking instructions or driving directions. They can add or remove layers to change view from basic to the one that is more detailed. They can also save routes.

Navigation, that uses GPS chips in a device, is one of the most popular features among smartphone and tablet users across the world. In India, however, only Nokia offered this service on its high-end phones for free. TomTom and MapMyIndia were among other companies that provided the navigation service through paid apps.

Several third-party apps like Waze, available on both iPhone and Android devices, offered the service for free though they were not as accurate as Nokia Maps or Google Navigation.

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